Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cry... Because I Want To

🎶"It's my party and I can cry if I want to..."🎶

That's got to be the theme song to Roxy's life. 

Mixed in with all of the chaos life has to offer right now, I still wanted to make Roxy a pretty cake and get some picture of her with it. I assumed she wouldn't eat it, but if there was a chance, I was going  to take it. 

I even bought Roxy-sized party hats. It's tradition to take a family picture with the cake and presents... but the only presents Roxy is getting are still in the mail (sent from her Grandmas) and somehow Roxy managed to be wearing Everett's hand on her head instead of the party hat. 

Not only is life Roxy's party and she can cry her way through it but she woke up with pink eye on her birthday. Yay 🎉

I should probably just stop typing and let the pictures tell the story. Just know that she was fully napped and rested and try to imagine a cute pink and gold baby party hat on her head... not that it matters to anyone but me. 

*Notice the rashy eczema/ringworm looking stuff in her elbow. We're just a hot mess right now. 

Jake could tell I was bummed and offered to save her cake and we could get pictures of her with it another day (with her hat) when she was happy but I know better... that cake would be ancient by the time that happens. 

Roxy, don't be fooled. WE LOVE YOU! We're just having a hard day/week/year/life 😅

Friday, May 19, 2017

Roxy's 365 Days

Roxy is 1. 

She's also a tornado. 

A tornado that can walk a few steps on her own and practically run when she's pushing something. 

She's picky. She won't eat anything anymore and I don't have the patience to keep trying new things and cleaning up mess after high chair mess after MESS when all she does is blow raspberries with her lips and rub and splat food all over herself and the high chair. 

She spends most of her time crying, in my arms, or sleeping. If she's awake and not crying or in my arms it's because she's playing in the kitchen sink, on a walk in the stroller, or in the bike trailer on a ride (her favorite). She still has eczema and sensitive skin so she doesn't take many baths and because of that she has those wart/bump things all over her left arm. 

Everett was a really hard baby for us. We didn't realize how hard until we had Breckie. Now that we have Roxy, Everett's infancy doesn't seem so bad. She continues to challenge us and just when we feel like we've been pushed to our limits, we find that we are still standing. 

It would be so nice just to say what a delight she has been and that I've never second-guessed my choice to have three kids and that it's been such a great year. But I'd be lying. 

I like to be real and I like to tell the truth... (with is so absurd that I like photography because it almost seems like it's anything but real sometimes)... but I also like to be optimistic. 

I like to point out the good and focus on that. Roxy is active, intelligent, social and demanding. Those traits will get her places in life. 

I have no doubt that things will get better and easier... and it they don't then that's just what I have to tell myself to get through these early years. 

I've never been good at having babies. I've tried my best to enjoy the good parts though. Someday Roxy will want to look back and see what she was like as a baby, and although it might not be what she wants to hear, at least she'll know what she really was like. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Little Miss Sunshine

"Mom, does this say sunshine?"

"Yes! It does! How did you know that?"

"Because I know everything" -Breckie

She makes me laugh. Daily. She is a bright light in my mothering world. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hose Water

Water always tastes better out of the hose. 

And once you've mastered the skill of drinking from the hose, you'll keep coming back for more :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blue Jay

For the last quarter of school, Everett's cottage was "bird house"

His final project was (for his mom) to make a 3-d model of the bird he was assigned. We chose to do a paper mache bird 100% due to the fact that I had a decorative bird we could just cover in paper and glue 😆

I knew it would be fun to see how long he could procrastinate this project and how many excuses he could come up with to not work on it. 

He waited until the absolute last minute but we got it done :)

He looks half sleeping in this picture because he WAS sleeping 5 minutes prior to this picture!

Last night was cottage night where we got to see all of the other birds that the kids' moms made and I got to peek into his writing folder again. 

I'm in love with the way he spelled electricity 😍

Everett literally never tells me anything about school or his day. The most I ever heard was that Benson puked in class. That's it. His teacher told me once in the carpool lane that she called him Gavin for the first 3 weeks of school. He never even mentioned it to me! 

He lives a secret life at school... so it's nice to see some of his work. 

Everett's paper on Roxy is 100% accurate. "I love Roxy. She is cute, ALWAYS MAD, and playful. Everyone in my family loves Roxy. Everybody that comes to my house says "awe!"

His drawing of Roxy is also perfect!

They also made bird houses and wrote a persuasive letter to the birds to choose their house. 

Everett was most excited about dissecting owl pellets. Again, I'd never even heard a word about this until cottage night! Also, I didn't even know what owl pellets were until Jake explained them to me... I also think it's hilarious that Everett noted that the smell was "good" 😆

We've never been big communicators in my family so it's nice that cottage nights exist so I can at least see what Everett's been up to!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Breckie's Boots

The other day Breckie put on her boots to take her unicorn for a stroller ride and I noticed how thrashed her booths were. 

Her left boot was so worn that it was making her walk funny. 

These boots have seen childhood at it's best. They've been everywhere... including church, jumping on the trampoline in the rain, they can be seen in at least two family pictures, and they've even been peed in. 

So we decided they've seen the better days and tossed them in the trash. Her "sparkle" shoes are looking pretty similar but I doubt I can get rid of her two most used loved shoes at the same time :)